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Written for pre-teens, teens, and young adults. The books is focused on the biological effects of the HIV virus on the human immune system, Storad offers a detailed scientific perspective on the disease that one does not find in other books on the subject. Whereas most titles tend to view the disease as more of a social problem and concentrate on how it can be combated and prevented, this one presents an in-depth study of the characteristics of the virus and how it invades and destroys the immune system. The author begins with a brief history of the AIDS epidemic, tracing its beginnings in the 1980s through 1995 statistics. The next few chapters explore the virus, how the disease is transmitted, and how it attacks the immune system. Effective but rather gruesome photographs show the outward physical effects of AIDS. There are also numerous color diagrams that outline the structure and characteristics of the HIV virus. The book concludes with a discussion of the different methods of preventing the spread of AIDS and a look at the latest developments in treatments and the search for a cure. The most recent information Storad includes on these developments is from 1997, and he does a good job of explaining technical facts clearly and concisely. A useful update.
Edward Sullivan, New York Public Library, Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.